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RCMP respond to single vehicle rollover in Williams Lake

As snow continues to fall in WIlliams Lake the RCMP are asking people not to drive, unless they have to, and if driving to exercise caution. - Monica Lamb-Yorski photo
As snow continues to fall in WIlliams Lake the RCMP are asking people not to drive, unless they have to, and if driving to exercise caution.
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Accumulating snow is keeping the Williams Lake RCMP busy.

On Wednesday morning police responded to a single vehicle roll-over in the 100 block of Mackenzie Avenue South around 9:18 a.m. Wednesday.

Upon arrival police officers located the vehicle on its roof, with the lone occupant driver uninjured.

The driver reported going south-bound on Mackenzie Avenue, when the vehicle slid to the right and then rolled onto its roof, Staff Sgt. Ken Brissard said, adding speed was obviously a contributing factor, considering the weather and road conditions.

"I am recommending if there is no reason to be driving, don't," Brissard said. "The streets in Williams Lake, the surrounding area, including the highways, are extremely icy. Visibility is poor with the continuing snowfall, which also increases our chances of becoming involved in an accident."

Brissard encouraged drivers to play it safe and keep vehicles parked off the streets.

"This will also assist our road-crews who are trying to keep our roadways maintained and safe," he said. "If you do need to venture out, drive defensively.  Stopping distances are increased drastically, so speeds need to be reduced accordingly."

Meanwhile, Williams Lake airport manager Shea De La Mare said there have been no flights in and out of Williams Lake airport today.

"We've recorded 16 centimetres of snow as of 2:00 p.m.," De La Mare said Wednesday afternoon. "Looking at the weather it looks like the snow will quit falling Thursday morning."

De La Mare is hopeful flights will resume Thursday.

 

 

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